Refresher Program For Registered Nurses

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Important Dates



Next Virtual Information Session

This Information Session is for nurses licensed in Quebec who have been out of the workplace for four (4) years or more.


*It is mandatory to attend an Information Session if you wish to be considered for the program

Required for the information session: Access to a device which will allow you to participate in a video.

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Program Overview

Full-time Program - Attestation d’Études Collégiales (AEC) CWA.OD

A full-time day program designed to prepare you for a RETURN TO NURSING after four (4) years or more out of the workplace. This program is combined with the Professional integration into Nursing in Quebec for internationally educated Nurses.


This is a FULL-TIME TUITION-FREE program funded by the “Ministère de l’Education de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES)”

Job Outlook

The health care sector is actively searching for qualified candidates; job prospects are excellent. Graduates of the Nursing program work in many health care settings, such as acute or chronic care hospitals, rehabilitation centres, clinics and more…

Graduates of the program are ready to re-integrate into the workforce. They will function as collaborative members of the health care team, in accordance with the Québec Nurses’ Act.

Courses & Schedule


1-2 programs per year (January & July depending on number of students)

Duration of program

23- 25 weeks (480 hrs)
Classes and clinical assignments take place Monday through Friday mostly during the day.


150 hrs


75 hrs


285 hrs (38 days)
Students will participate in stages in clinical settings throughout the Montreal region (days/and or evenings)

Credit Courses

Consists of 4 credit courses integrated with internationally educated nurses program

Course Title Hours
Fundamentals of Nursing 45
Health and Illness I 180
Health and Illness II 180
Continuum of Care 75
Course TitleFundamentals of Nursing
Course TitleHealth and Illness I
Course TitleHealth and Illness II
Course TitleContinuum of Care

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
  • Nursing graduate
  • Hold a valid eligibility certificate from the “Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec” (OIIQ)
  • Have been away from nursing for four (4) years or more
  • Have a working knowledge of French
  • Mandatory attendance at an Information Session


  • Application is done online
  • All eligible candidates will receive an email invitation from the Nursing Office that includes the link to register for the Refresher Program.

(these documents are NOT required for the application package – they will only be needed if you are accepted to the program)

The Québec Ministry of Social Affairs has stated that all students within career Programs requiring field work in hospitals must be properly immunized for certain communicable diseases.  Student must show proof of proper immunization.


  • Contact your physician and your CLSC immediately to make an appointment; the above documents are both mandatory for the clinical part of the program and the process will take more than one visit before being completed.
  • NO wait list available when a program is full. 


Title Cost
Application fee (non-refundable) $ 30
Registration fees (per semester – based on full-time/QC residency status) $ 117
Books & Materials (an approximate cost and may be subject to change $ 900
Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ) - Re-Enter Roll $ 450
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